The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar/Love

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A life was mine full of the close concern
  Of many-voiced affairs. The world sped fast;
  Behind me, ever rolled a pregnant past.
A present came equipped with lore to learn.
Art, science, letters, in their turn,
  Each one allured me with its treasures vast;
  And I staked all for wisdom, till at last
Thou cam'st and taught my soul anew to yearn.
  I had not dreamed that I could turn away
From all that men with brush and pen had wrought;
  But ever since that memorable day
When to my heart the truth of love was brought,
  I have been wholly yielded to its sway,
And had no room for any other thought.

This work was published before January 1, 1928, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.